Place directors for NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board confirmed


Following a thorough recruitment process, Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership is pleased to announce the appointment of nine place directors.

Working closely with local partners, place directors will play a central role in the future integration of health and care, taking a lead on tackling the health inequalities within our communities.

The successful candidates will take up their posts on 1 July 2022, when NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board (ICB) is established; but will become involved from early April so they can contribute to the further design of the integration agenda.

This was a robust, inclusive process and the selection panel for each post included the ICB Designate Chief Executive, a non-executive director, a place-specific elected member or members, the relevant local authority Chief Executive, and representatives of both primary care and NHS providers.

The successful candidates are detailed below, together with information about their current roles.


Place  Appointed place director Current role Current employer
Cheshire East Mark Wilkinson Director of Strategic Asset Management Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Cheshire West Delyth Curtis* Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Health and Wellbeing) Cheshire West and Chester Council
Halton Anthony Leo Regional Director of Primary Care and Public Health Commissioning NHS England and Improvement
Knowsley Alison Lee Managing Director Cheshire West Integrated Care Partnership
Liverpool Jan Ledward Accountable Officer NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group
Sefton Deborah Butcher* Executive Director, Adult Social Care and Health Sefton Council
St Helens Mark Palethorpe* Executive Director of Integrated Health and Social Care / Accountable Officer St Helens Council and NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group
Warrington Carl Marsh Chief Commissioner NHS Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group
Wirral Simon Banks Accountable Officer NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group

* These place directors will have statutory responsibilities in both the ICB and the relative local authority.

Graham Urwin, Designate Chief Executive of NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board, said: “I am really excited we have put together an excellent team of people to carry out the pivotal role of place director throughout our Integrated Care System. They all have relevant experience and skills, and comprise a complementary team who will work together and alongside NHS Cheshire and Merseyside ICB and the wider Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership.

“As well as delivering on effective integration, they will also address the very real health inequalities our communities experience – a primary objective of the ICB and all our partners.

“I would like to personally congratulate all the successful candidates and wish them every success.”

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